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  1. For me the reality is somewhere in the middle of both points. He could do far more off the ball and he has been a contributing factor to why we're so easy to play against over the course of the season. Lots of them pre Curle didn't press anywhere near enough. Curle clearly agrees. I'd personally still find room for him in the starting 11 as he's our most talented player.
  2. Completely and I offered balance in my views on them. They're the positives in a poor season. But I think given their obvious talents they are capable of more.
  3. Good post. The parts that stand out for me are, Mcaleny, Completely agree. We'd be in deep shit without his goals but in terms of overall contribution to a game its poor. That said I'd love it if we tied him down. Bahamboula has been equally as shit as he's been good. He along with the rest of them we're terrible yesterday. He's a luxury player with loads of ability. Must produce more and more consistently. What are you basing your opinions on Badan on? He looks way off to me. Hilsner getting a very easy ride here as well. Excellent against Newport and in patches else
  4. Great result yesterday, amazing how a win can make my weekend. Interestingly the Carlisle commentators picked up on our weaknesses in the first half. Nice technical players but no one who wants to win second balls, put their foot in and do the dirty stuff. It's obvious and should have been addressed in January.
  5. There are plenty of managers who would improve our league position with this squad. One with a more slightly defensive mindset that could get us doing the basics properly such as having shape, continuity and everyone putting a shift in.
  6. I only got half way through reading this post, but you didn't read mine properly. I'd bench Bahamboula to allow Adams to play on his natural positon. Jombati is a right back and played well at Cambridge away. One game granted.
  7. Exposing myself here but I'd play Jombati at right back ( natural position and he's not let us down there) and push Adams into his natural position. Tranmere away saw us play without a ball winner and 3 luxury players who don't offer anything defensively in Bahamboula, Tasdemir and Mcaleny. Personally away from home I don't think we can set up in this way. I'd actually consider using Bahamboula off the bench away from home. Mcaleny would always start ahead of him. However what we know is Kewell doesn't think about shape, covering full backs and pressing from the front
  8. I'd actually give Barnes more game time. He's shown up well in his brief cameos for me.
  9. Please can we all stop referring to Jombati as 'Jambutty'.
  10. Because he wasn't really contributing anything? Mcaleny was in form and Grant had also notched so made sense to keep him on?
  11. Spot on. Goals we gave were unforgivable, but the first really highlights your point. Our wingers also offer zero defensive protection which is another factor amongst many as to why we concede so many.
  12. I found myself completely infuriated with him on Tuesday along with a few others. Does all the hard work for his chance then opts not to put his laces through it. He swanned round the pitch with what I can only summise, zero defensive responsibility. He's not a centre forward as he can't play with his back to goal. If we play him no. 10 I'm not sure we can play Mcaleny as well as he doesn't offer anything defensively or press from the front. I'd play him right wing as that's where he has been most successful and like Adams alluded to in his interview, remind him not to switch off and track bac
  13. Our last 3 matches that have yielded points have seen us play an actual ball winning midfielder, we should again tomorrow. Lawlor Fage Pidge Jameson Clarke Ntambe Whelan Mcalmont Mcaleny Rowe Dearnley Do these play out from the back? If so like Bolton we press high. Thoughts?
  14. The midfield getting the ball to the front men is the least of our worries. It's protecting the back 4 and keeping a clean sheet that's the problem. See the goals against column for factual proof.
  15. It's the stopping of crosses and balls into the box that we struggle with. Hamer needs a rest but we don't have anyone else!!
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